I'm all for trading Howard simple because of the cap space. He's not playing like a $5 mil goalie. We could get a $1 mil goalie to play just as well. On that subject, in 2007 we made it to the conference finals with an aging Hasek making less than a mil and then back to back trips to the finals with Osgood making a little over $1 mil. Many teams over the past 10 years have made it to the Finals with goalies that didn't make a lot of money. If saving that money helps us boost the defense, I'm all for it. Sign Al Montoya in the off season or see how cheap Cam Ward could be. Then go after Luke Schenn and/or Alex Goligoski or Keith Yandle.
Agreed, look at the defense that were in front of those goalies. This years defense would have chased Carey Price.